Debate Over Lifting Sunday Liquor Sales Ban in Minn. Continues

Updated: 01/16/2014 10:11 PM
Created: 01/16/2014 5:55 AM
By: Megan Stewart

The debate over Sunday liquor sales continues in Minnesota.

Legislators will take up the issue again this session. Meanwhile, a few dozen people showed up in Mounds View Thursday night to support the repeal of Minnesota’s ban on Sunday liquor sales.

Opponents of the ban argue money is leaving our state every Sunday when people cross the border to buy beer in Wisconsin.

"I think it just makes sense for Minnesota. It’s going to bring tourism into the state, it's going to help grow our burgeoning craft beer industry and it's just a freedom that's afforded in 30 other states and it works with zero problem,” Andrew Schmitt, a beer activist, said.

Some liquor stores don't support the law. They believe sales would not offset the cost of staying open.

State Representative Steve Drakowski hosted the meeting Thursday.

Lawmakers from both parties have supported ending the ban in the past and Governor Mark Dayton recently said he also would support Sunday liquor sales.

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